Tag Archives: Adrian Hyland


At the National Gallery of Australia this year I watched a video by the artist rea.  I didn’t record details of its title, but its subject matter needed little explication and the imagery hit me powerfully at the time.  It … Continue reading

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Earth and Fire

Yesterday we had a preview of the new exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of the University of Melbourne.  Groundwork: Butcher Cherel, Mick Jawalji, Rammey Ramsey has been curated by Quentin Sprague for the Potter, and he has put together … Continue reading

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Emily Tempest Returns

Gunshot Road, Adrian Hyland’s second novel featuring the irrepressible, Aboriginal, world-wandering, but inevitably Central Australian sleuth Emily Tempest is a wonder to behold.  Sophomore efforts can often turn sophomoric in the arts.  An author’s first novel, especially one that, like … Continue reading

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A Day With Adrian Hyland

Writing this blog for nearly three years now has led to many surprising and delightful encounters, often in cyberspace, but occasionally in the real world as well. I spent a lovely day in Melbourne on Sunday with Adrian Hyland, author … Continue reading

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August Books: Winners and Losers

The end of August brought good news for fans of fiction with an Aboriginal theme: Adrian Hyland’s Diamond Dove (Text Publishing 2006) won the Ned Kelly Award for the Best Debut Novel. Hyland’s story tells of Emily Tempest’s return to the community … Continue reading

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August Review of Books: Lightweight Summer Reading

Several readers of this blog have remarked to me over the months about the number of books that I write about in these entries, and wondered where I find the time. Maybe I should confess to it being an occupational … Continue reading

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